Schwartzel eyes top spot

South African major champ confident of becoming World No.1

Last Updated: 24/05/11 5:38pm

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Schwartzel: confident he can go on to establish himself as World No.1

Schwartzel: confident he can go on to establish himself as World No.1

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Charl Schwartzel insists he is hungry to add further major successes to his Masters triumph last month and also believes he can establish himself as World No.1.

The 26-year-old South African produced a barnstorming finish at Augusta, with four birdies in his final four holes enough to secure him a dramatic first major triumph.

But Schwartzel is far from sated by that victory and has already set his sights on adding a second major crown to his collection at next month's US Open at Congressional Country Club.

"I have always thought the US Open would be one I could win," he stated.

"I play well around tough courses, ones where you have to work hard to make par so I am looking forward to it. I you were to ask me one, I would say the US Open would be the one where I could contend."

"I would love to be number one and I feel I can be number one in the world."
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Another big showing from Schwartzel at Congressional, or at Wentworth where he will be competing this week, would move the South African towards another of his goals - the World No.1 ranking.

"I would love to be number one and I feel I can be number one in the world," he continued.

"The rankings are quite volatile right now and there is so much to grab this week (at Wentworth). You go and win and all of a sudden you jump forward three and then number one is only two spots away."

Healthy rivalry

Schwartzel acknowledged that compatriot and good friend Louis Oosthuizen's triumph at last year's Open Championship helped spur him on to major glory, with the two now enjoying a healthy rivalry.

"It was good to see him win and that inspired me," he added. "Now that I have won one we have both got a little silent smile that we have won that first major.

"Both of us want to keep going, so we have got that rivalry - it never stops. If you haven't won a major people say 'when are you going to win a major?' And you win one and they say 'when are you going to win the next one?'

"And you get to the top ten in the world and they want to know when you are going to be world number one - it never stops. It is the same here. We have both won one let's see if we can't get another one."

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